HARVARD -- During the Board of Selectmen meeting of March 26, Energy Advisory Committee member David Fay nominated Stephen Mattson, a professor in the Tufts University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, to serve on the committee.

Fay described Mattson as an entrepreneur "who has done a fabulous job on the committee for the past few months."

A self-deprecating Mattson described himself as a semi-academic who co-taught a course on thermodynamics and process calculations.

"What is not to love about the Energy Committee?" he asked. "It saves the town money and energy."

The board unanimously approved Mattson's appointment.

At the same meeting, Joanne Ward was nominated for a position on the Conservation Commission. She was introduced as someone who had attended many meetings over the past couple of months and "is interested in everything going on."

Ward said she is relatively new to town and is interested in nature.

She said she had "spent a lot of time in the fields and woods," and that she believes the Conservation Commission position is "very important in maintaining the integrity of the local lands for everybody to use, and also the integrity of the wetlands."

Ward said she is a volunteer water-tester for the Organization for the Assabet River (OAR), and that her mantra is the ecological concept that the current generation must live sustainably and consider the impact of its decisions on the seventh generation into the future.


When Selectmen Chairwoman Lucy Wallace asked Ward if she would like to do testing for the Nashua River Watershed Association, she responded that she would.

Her appointment was unanimously approved.

In other action, selectmen:

* Recognized the resignation of Doug Coots from the Harvard Historical Commission and Town Hall Building Committee.

* Discussed the Ginny Thurston Scholarship, which totals just $167 this year due to low interest rates. Wallace said the scholarship, which is awarded by selectmen, is not something the family asked for, "so it doesn't diminish it to ask how the Thurston family feels" about awarding the scholarship this year. Selectman Marie Sobalvarro agreed to ask the Thurston family if they would prefer to wait another year for the award to be given; if they would like it to be presented as a nonmonetary award; or if they would like to keep the award the current amount.